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This award-winning contemporary classic is the survival story with which all others are compared—and a page-turning, heart-stopping adventure, recipient of the Newbery Honor.


Brian Robertson, sole passenger on a Cessna 406, is on his way to visit his father when the tiny bush plane crashes in the Canadian wilderness. With nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present, Brian finds himself completely alone.

Challenged by his fear and despair -- and plagued with the weight of a dreadful secret he's been keeping since his parent's divorce -- brian must tame his inner demons in order to survive. It will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed.
Published on November 1, 1986 by MacMillan Publishing Company.
ISBN-10: 0025274031
ISBN-13: 9780025274037
469 Book Reviews
  • oof895
    oof8959 months11 star
    Hachet was and is a great book. It's about a 13 year old boy named:Brian Robertson who went to visit his father. After his plane crashes Brian has to test his skills against mother nature
    • marquez740
      marquez7409 months55 stars
      Dear fellow readers, The book Hatchet is about a thirteen-year old named Brian. He is flying on a plane to visit his farther, but little did he know that the universe had other plans in store for him. After his plane crashed in a forest, due to a tragic event, Brian (a city boy) is now being tested on his survival skills. In my opinion, Hatchet is one of the best stories that have ever been written. Will this city boy be able to survive in an unfamiliar and unknown enviorment?
      • cobar902
        cobar9029 months55 stars
        Thirteen year old Brain Robeson was going on a plane to see his dad,but that all changes when the plane crashes .Now Brain is trying to survive all alone in the middle of no where.Will he survive,and will he tell his parents about the "secret?"Overall I loved how it kept me hooked for a long time!
        • olson708
          olson7089 months55 stars
          Hatchet is about a boy named Brian that was taking a plane ride to see his dad little did he knoow that the pilot had a heart attack. They crashed into a L shaped lake. Brian turned into a very hard working independint boy. Brian's fire signal worked.
          • smith991
            smith9919 months55 stars
            Hatchet is a great book but soon will come down. After a plane crashed due to the pilot Thirteen-year-old, Brian Robeson spends quite some time in the wilderness, learning to survive with only a hatchet given by his mother and learning how to survive his parent's divorce and secret. Finding out the secret changed his whole life.
            • harris4211
              harris42119 months55 stars
              this book starts with a boy named Brian Rosanna on his way to see his father after seeing the "secret" .his mom gave him a hatchet and a wind breaker.while in the plane the pilot has heart attack and then the plane crashed in the woods I for one love this book because it has action, strategy and life lesson's I recommend this book to everyone it also teaches how to build tool that he use to survive will he die or live sand go home find out when you read
              • romero639
                romero6399 months55 stars
                This book is amazing! It is a classic survival book. thirteen-year-old Brian is stuck in the Canadian woods with nothing but a hatchet. I don't want to spoil the book. So go read the book for yourself! I really recommend reading the book, Hatchet.
                • pintado333
                  pintado3339 months55 stars
                  Hatchet was one of my faverite books out of all times because it has a lot of action. and I would rate it a 5 out of 5.The book Hatchet is about a boy name Brian robenson who is 13 years old and his life is going to change very fast.When Brian was flying to visit his Father witch was working in the oil feild in Canida something happened to the driver.Brian had to take the controls and crach land in jinormas forest and and is okay and safe sortave.Brian finds food and makes a shelter to try to survive.Do you think Brian will stay and live his life in the forest or life his life with his family?
                  • rodrigue665
                    rodrigue6659 months55 stars
                    This is the best book thirteen year old brian robeson is on his why to see his father. some thing happens to the pilot when he is flying in a plane. it crashes then he is stranded in a forest. he has no food no water and no shelter. when you read this book you will know what I mean. I recommend this book for 9 ages. ***** 5 star rating.
                    • mafukeni185
                      mafukeni1859 months55 stars
                      The story Hatchet is a really good book! It is about a thirteen-year old boy named Brian Robenson that was supposed to go on a plane to spend his summer at his dad's house. His parents got divorced because of "The Secret" which also led to other events. I would definitely recommend this book if you enjoy adventures and plot twists.